Awards & Recognition

NAA and our partners are doing some great things to elevate the field of afterschool!

Guidelines

Proposal Guidelines
To be considered for review, all proposals must be fully completed and submitted, by October 17, 2016 including:

  • Title (50-character limit): designed to interest participants. It may be easier to write your title after writing your description.
  • Description (750-character limit): brief accurate description that communicates the content you'll deliver, why it's important to our participants, and what they can expect to gain from attending. This description is read from a participant point-of-view during the workshop selection process to decide if it's a good fit for NAA17. Make it compelling!
  • Identify format, learning strand and content level for your presentation. Select the best fit for your content. Learn more about formats, strands and content levels (see below for more info).
  • Presenter Contact Info: phone number, email address, organization, title for all presenters (including co-presenters and panelists).
  • All aspects of the proposal should be written in complete sentences. This is your opportunity to make an impression, please be as professional as possible.
  • If selected, you must confirm presentation by December 16 and register for the conference by January 6. Please note, all presenters are required to register for Convention. Lead presenters (only one per session/poster) receive discounted rate of $350 if registered by January 30, 2017. After that, rates will increase. Co-presenters, panelists and other presenters are required to register at the full Convention rate, based on the date of their registration. Learn more about rates and registration deadlines here.

Session Formats
NAA17 offers three presentation formats:

  1. Workshop: 75-minute sessions intended for hands-on trainings, discussions, lectures, panel presentations, or active sessions that engage physical activities. At least 15-minutes of audience Q&A is required.
  2. Express: Quick, 30-minute sessions that share ideas participants can use right away. It could be a website, project, or special event you hosted. No Q&A time required.
  3. Posters: Pre-printed posters that are displayed in the Learning Expo on Tuesday of Convention. Poster presenters will stand with their posters during lunch on Tuesday from 12:30pm-1:45pm to answer questions and engage with participants about their work. Poster presenters must hang their posters on assigned poster board in the Learning Expo the morning of Tuesday, March 21st and remove posters the same day by 2:00pm.

Learning Strands
All presentations must fall within one learning strand (that best fits your content). Strands align with NAA's Core Knowledge and Competencies for Afterschool and Youth Professionals.

We offer four strands with suggested sub-topics, though each strand is not limited to the sub-topics included.

1. Developing High Quality and Innovative Programs (NAA Core Knowledge Competencies 1, 2, 3). Subtopics include (but are not limited to):

  • Curricula and Activity Ideas
  • Developing Learning Environments
  • Supporting the Whole Child
  • Project Based Learning
  • Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Programming
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
  • Literacy

2. Youth Engagement (NAA Core Knowledge Competencies 4, 5, 6). Subtopics include (but are not limited to):

  • Youth Voice and Choice
  • Youth Leadership
  • Youth Planning and Reflection
  • Creating Community and Group Experiences
  • Interactions
  • Cooperative Learning
  • Positive Guidance strategies
  • Bullying Prevention
  • Cultural Competence
  • Inclusion

3. Healthy Eating, Physical Activity (HEPA), Community and Family Engagement (NAA Core Knowledge Competencies 7, 8). Subtopics include (but are not limited to):

  • NAA HEPA Standards
  • Healthy Eating Curricula, Activity Ideas, and Resources
  • Physical Activity Curricula, Activity Ideas, and Resources
  • Snack and Meals Resources
  • Healthy Communities
  • Family/Parent Engagement
  • Developing Partnerships
  • Community Engagement

4. Program and Professional Development (NAA Core Knowledge Competencies 9, 10). Subtopics include (but are not limited to):

  • Continuous Program Improvement
  • Funding and Sustainability
  • Program Evaluation
  • Core Competencies
  • Human Resources
  • Risk Management
  • Staff Supervision
  • Coaching
  • Aligning with the School Day
  • Youth Recruitment Strategies
  • Program Marketing
  • Self-care (work-life balance, time management, managing stress)
  • Emotional Intelligence for adults
  • Leadership development
  • Training Skills (becoming a trainer)/Train the Trainer
  • Workplace Culture

Content Level
All presentations must identify the content level to align with participant knowledge and training needed to fully participate in the session. Aligned to NAA's Core Knowledge Competencies, we have three levels to choose from:

Content Level (select one):

  • Developing (NAA's Core Knowledge Competency Level 2) – Participants possess the knowledge and skills expected of someone with some experience in the field. Includes knowledge and skills that might be commensurate with a Youth Development Credential, a certificate in child/ youth development, or equivalent training/education or related work experience.
  • Proficient (NAA's Core Knowledge Competency Level 3) – Participants are practitioners who can apply knowledge and information that meets requirements of Level 2 plus knowledge and skills that might be commensurate with an associate's degree in child/adolescent development or related fields (e.g., Social Work, Recreation, Special Education, Education) or related work experience.
  • Advanced (NAA's Core Knowledge Competency Level 4) – Participants are seasoned practitioners who can apply knowledge and information in increasingly nuanced ways. Meets requirements of Levels 1, 2, and 3 plus the knowledge and skills that might be commensurate with a bachelor's degree in child/adolescent development or related fields or related work experience.

Questions?
Contact Presentation Managers Erin Leonard and Jill Poppe at Presenters@naaweb.org.

We look forward to reading your proposal!

 

Back-to-School Buying Guide

Summer is a popular time for back-to-school planning. From professional development and curriculum planning to supply purchasing and equipment upgrades, there's a lot for afterschool professionals to consider.

That's why we reached out to our Advocate Member Partners and asked them to submit one of their favorite offerings for Afterschool programs. We hope it proves helpful in making 2016-2017 your best school year ever!

Summer Buying Guide Advocate Member Submission Form

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Thank you for your interest in contributing to NAA's Summer Buying Guide 2016! Please fill out the form below to enter your submission. In addition, if you have an image to accompany your product or offer, please upload it at the bottom of the form (300 DPI.)

Submissions for NAA's Summer Buying Guide 2016 are now closed.

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eBook Submissions

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Submissions are now closed.

Brain breaks also known as energizers are short movement activities that educators typically use with young people to help recharge their minds and bodies after periods of sitting, but energizers aren't just for kids. When leaders integrate movement activities into meetings or trainings, they are modeling the healthy practices we want to encourage in afterschool programs and the profession AND participant concentration, creativity, overall health increases.

Do you have a favorite meeting or training energizer you’d like to share with the NAA Community?

If so, please submit your ideas below and you may see them included in our next eBook, the Afterschool Leaders Guide to Meeting and Training Energizers. In addition, if you have any images that display or help explain the game, please upload up to three photos at the bottom of the form (300 DPI.)

 

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Publications

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AfterSchool Today is the official publication of NAA. Published quarterly, it's dedicated to supporting members by providing quality content covering a wide variety of topics relevant to the field. AfterSchool Today is free to Executive-level members. Information about advertising can be found here.

Click here to learn how you can start receiving this valuable resource today!

 

 

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NAA publishes several eBooks for their Executive-level members including The Afterschool Guide For Creating Outstanding Arts & Crafts, The Afterschool Guide For Creating Outstanding Outdoor Games, The Afterschool Guide For Creating Outstanding Indoor Games, The Afterschool Guide For Creating Outstanding Team-Building Games, The Afterschool Guide for Creating Outstanding Learning Games, and more! Join as an Executive member for access to eBooks.

 

 

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The Afterschool Alliance, Every Hour Counts, and the National AfterSchool Association are pleased to present this set of resources to help afterschool and summer learning providers fight hate and promote love in their communities. Collectively, our hearts are heavy with current events: the demonstration of violence, bigotry, hate, and racism in Charlottesville, how the uncertainty around Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is traumatizing young people and families, and the fact that young people are witnessing an uptick in hate incidents in their communities and on social media. All over the country, afterschool leaders and professionals like you are standing up to promote a sense of belonging and inclusion, fighting for safe places now, and for peaceful and prosperous futures free from bigotry and hate. Click here to download.

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Contact

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General Inquiries
Email info@naaweb.org

Press/Media
Contact Jill Carroll via email or 866-252-7108 ext. 110

Ideas and Inspiration

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For Families
Everyone appreciates being recognized for their efforts and a simple "thank you!" goes a long way!
Some ideas include:

  • Hand-written cards from you and/or your child
  • An email to the staff member's manager or administrator
  • Fun handmade signs put up at the location of your program
  • Healthy or non-food treats for the afterschool program staff
  • Gift cards for a specialty coffee, teacher supply store or bookstore

For Administrators/Managers
Thanking your staff shows them you appreciate what they do!
Some ideas to show your appreciation:

  • Sharing with parents and kids about Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week via email or social media
  • Providing healthy treats or lunch for staff
  • Creating awards for specific strengths of staff members (Best Family Communicator, STEM Star, Most Positive, etc.)
  • Sending a Press Release to your local media

For Communities & Affiliate Groups
When communities and organizations with similar missions recognize that afterschool programs and their staff members make a difference in the community, it shines the light on their efforts and accomplishments!
Some ideas include:

  • Sharing about Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week in your communications (web site, eNewsletters, social media)
  • Hosting events honoring the success of your local afterschool programs
  • Sending a Press Release to your local media
  • Asking local officials to proclaim the event

 

Toolkit

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The Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week Toolkit
Templates and graphics to help you spread the word and celebrate!

Graphics/Logos Social Media Posts Video Announcements
Talking Points  Flyers Merchandise  

 

Graphics and Logos
Downloadable images
Please note: The AfterSchool Professionals Appreciation Week logo may not be altered in any way.

Sample Social Media Posts

For Programs and Partners

April 22-26, 2019 is Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week! Afterschool programs make a difference in the lives of young people. Tell us how you show your appreciation for the afterschool professionals in your life. Be sure to use the hashtag #heartofafterschool so we can see how you celebrate.

We celebrate Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week because afterschool professionals are the #HeartofAfterschool at our program. Thank you for all you do to help youth succeed!

For Individuals

10.2 million children in the U.S. participate in afterschool programs. I appreciate the afterschool professionals who make a difference in the lives of young people in my community. #HeartofAfterschool

Video
Share the Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week videos. Two to choose from!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCc-n_7hd-0&t=23s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gl3vgMa9dcg

Sample Announcement
Email or include the following in your newsletter to families, staff and stakeholders:

[Insert your program/organization name] is joining with the National AfterSchool Association to celebrate the professionals that are at the heart of afterschool programs during "Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week" April 22-26, 2019.

We are joining the effort because we believe Afterschool professionals make a difference in the lives of young people. We encourage you to join us in thanking the afterschool professionals in your life. Here are some ideas on how you can show your appreciation:

• Declare on social media: "I believe Afterschool professionals make a difference in the lives of young people. #heartofafterschool"
• Give a hand-written card from you and/or your child to the afterschool professional in your life.
• Send an email to an afterschool professional's supervisor describing why that person is appreciated.
• Make treats for the staff at your afterschool program.For more resources and information check out www.heartofafterschool.com.

Sample Press Release
Download a press release to promote Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week.

Flyers

"Recognition" flyers to print and post in your program/setting. One is generic and one is customizable where you can add your own image! Download the generic flyer. Download the customizable flyer.

"Ways to Celebrate" flyer to print and share celebration ideas. Download.

Sample Talking Points
Use these talking points when communicating with families, community leaders and the media.

Sample proclamation for local and state offices

Whereas the citizens of [INSERT STATE/CITY] firmly believe that afterschool professionals (those who work with children and youth in a wide variety of program settings to provide extended learning opportunities during out-of-school hours) have a positive effect on our children, families, community and businesses.

Whereas afterschool professionals are a decisive element in children’s’ access high-quality relationships and expanded opportunities beyond what they have access to at school and home, which they need to reach their full potential.

Whereas afterschool professionals deserve appreciation for all that they do to for children to enhance their education, promote physical and emotional health, provide a safe environment and expose them to new experiences.

Whereas [INSERT STATE/CITY] is committed to supporting the professionals who provide expanded learning opportunities that will help close the achievement gap and prepare young people to compete in the global economy.

Now, therefore, I [OFFICIAL’S NAME AND TITLE] do hereby proclaim April 22-26, 2019 as Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week in [INSERT CITY/STATE], and urge the citizens of [INSERT CITY/STATE] to join me in this special observance with appropriate events and displays of appreciation.

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Governor / Mayor

Purchase Merchandise
Show your afterschool pride! Visit the Afterschool Swag Shop for afterschool spirit merchandise.

 

About

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What is Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week?
Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week is a time to recognize and appreciate those who work with youth during out-of-school hours. It is a joint effort including community partners, afterschool programs, youth and child care workers, families and individuals. The week is marked by celebrations and public relations efforts to encourage people to thank afterschool professionals who make a difference in the lives of young people in their communities.

When is Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week?
The last full week of April, each year.

Who is an AfterSchool Professional?
An Afterschool Professional is someone who works with children and youth in diverse school and community-based settings to provide a wide variety of extended learning opportunities and care during out-of-school hours. Currently, there are an estimated 850,000 afterschool professionals in the U.S.

Why is it important to recognize Afterschool Professionals?
An estimated 10.2 million children participate in afterschool programs each year. Today, afterschool programs are viewed as much more than just childcare. They are widely credited as the way to provide enhanced education in STEM, Literacy, The Arts, Social Emotional Learning, Health & Wellness, and more. With that demand comes increased responsibility, education/professional development requirements, and support from the community.

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Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week is a time to recognize, appreciate and advocate for those who work with young people during out-of-school hours. The week is marked by celebrations and public relations efforts encouraging appreciation and support for all the afterschool professionals who make a profound difference in the lives of young people.


Watch what Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week is all about.


 

Contact Us

 General Inquires
Email info@naaweb.org
General Inquiries
Email info@naaweb.org

Press/Media
Contact Lisa Young via email or 866-252-7108 ext. 106

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